Feb 7, 2023
Born in New Zealand, Anne fled at the earliest opportunity to England, where her roots and heart lie. She co-founded Meyler Campbell in 1999 and continues to work tirelessly to promote its activities and Community. She is also an intermittent but happy gardener, and a passionate historian.
Following a successful global career as a diplomat and Citibank-trained international banker Anne retrained mid-career as a psychologist (PG Dip Psych and MSc Organisational Psychology - both with Distinction.) Among her many accolades Anne was named as one of five leading experts in business coaching globally by Harvard Business Review (2009), is the author of The Financial Times Guide to Business Coaching (2011) (a second edition of which was published in 2020), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2018, Anne was appointed Visiting Scholar at Oxford Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Anne and her co-author Professor Herminia Ibarra published the article, “The Leader as Coach” in the November-December issue of the Harvard Business Review. In March 2020, it was announced that this article had won the Warren Bennis Prize, awarded for the top-rated HBR leadership article of the year.
Much in demand for her expertise, Anne has served on a raft of Expert Panels and policy committees including a Positive Psychology task force for the Royal Society. She has delivered Keynote speeches for all the major coaching bodies including AC, BPS/SGCP, ICF, WABC and ICAEW, and has taught workshops at London Business School and Cambridge's Judge Business School.
Anne believes that traditional mentoring / training / consulting puts in content while coaching pulls out the capacity people have within ...and that we all need both. In her view knowledge and skill are essential, but so too are the energy, inspiration and motivation that can only come from within. Great organisational coaching fluently and pertinently blends both.
Anne Scoular on Raj Persaud podcast 14 December 2022
References and further resources
Background on Anne: https://www.meylercampbell.com/our-people/anne-scoular ;
Her book on leadership coaching:
and her 2019 bicentenary lecture on Queen Victoria, her grief and recovery:
Short, sparkling and psychologically alert biography: Jane
Ridley, Victoria: Queen, Matriarch,
Empress (London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2015)
(The great, full biography: Elizabeth Longford, Victoria RI (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson,
The Queen’s effectiveness
John Plunkett (2000) “Queen Victoria: the Monarchy and the Media”: PhD dissertation,
Birkbeck College London; published as a book, John Plunkett: Queen Victoria: First Media
Monarch (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003). (But the detailed data is in the PhD.)
Wealth of data
Journals of Queen Victoria, freely accessible at
vols: 13 originals 1832-37; 13 Esher transcript 1832-40; 111 Beatrice-ed 1837-01; 4 drafts)
Letters of Queen Victoria, ed. Esher / Benson / Buckle, 9 vols 1907-32 (you see her at work.)
Personal Letters to her daughter ‘Vicky’, ed. Roger Fulford, 5 vols 1964-81 (Vol 1 especially
recommended – two very fine, very real women in impassioned conversation.)
The Queen’s own two publications: Leaves from a Highland Journal 1868 and 1885 - online
on QV journals site as above
Diaries and letters of 360o
: Greville, Ponsonby, Mallet, Antrim, Lyttleton, Reid, Arnold,
The Centre for Prolonged Grief (Columbia University, New York) (formerly the Centre for
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSAGnwf0iAY and other Sally Maitlis articles/videos
In Victorian era: Pat Jalland, Women, Marriage and Politics 1860 – 1914 (Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 1986) for starters. (Pat Jalland is also the expert on Victorian bereavement.)
But the superb (and slim) book in this area is K.D. Reynolds, Aristocratic Women and Political
Society in Victorian Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998) – a fine scholarly study of
gender, power, and female leadership in the Victorian era, its iron constraints, and how
some fortunate women got around them a little; has much of relevance to us.
Today: Herminia Ibarra, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your
Career (Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2004)
The Queen’s recovery
The 1997 movie Mrs Brown (Judi Dench/ Billy Connolly) is spot on re Brown; William M.
Kuhn, Henry and Mary Ponsonby (London: Duckworth, 2002) is perceptive on the work and
marriage of these two remarkable and unconventional characters; Robert Blake’s Disraeli
(1966; various editions since) is one of the great biographies of all time.
Mentoring and coaching
Caroline Criado Perez, Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men,
(London: Chatto & Windus, 2019)